Trust Me

Sunday, February 28, 2016 – Trust Me

The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool. ~ Stephen King

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question. ~ Thomas Jefferson

I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself. ~ Robert E. Lee

Beware of anyone who says they know. Trust me, they don’t, or they wouldn’t have to say they did. ~ Harvey Fierstein

A half-truth, like half a brick, is always more forcible as an argument than a whole one. It carries better. ~ Stephen Leacock

Men are able to trust one another, knowing the exact degree of dishonesty they are entitled to expect. ~ Stephen Leacock

Better to trust the man who is frequently in error than the one who is never in doubt. ~ Eric Sevareid

One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life. ~ E. M. Forster

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement. ~ Alfred Adler

All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth, come only from the senses. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Governing today means giving acceptable signs of credibility. It is like advertising and it is the same effect that is achieved – commitment to a scenario. ~ Jean Baudrillard

Consultants have credibility because they are not dumb enough to work at your company. ~ Scott Adams

For every credibility gap there is a gullibility gap. ~ Richard Cobden

You can’t believe everything people tell you, not even if those people are your own brain. ~ Jefferson Smith

The credibility of the teller is the ultimate test of the truth of a proposition. ~ Neil Postman

With enough courage, you can do without a reputation. ~ Margaret Mitchell

Character is much easier kept than recovered. ~ Thomas Paine

Give a man a reputation as an early riser and he can sleep ’til noon. ~ Mark Twain

It is difficult to make a reputation, but is even more difficult seriously to mar a reputation once properly made – so faithful is the public. ~ Arnold Bennett

I want to leave behind me the name of a fellow who never bullied a little boy, or turned his back on a big one. ~ Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown’s Schooldays

One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation. ~ Oscar Wilde

Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Take from a man his reputation for probity, and the more shrewd and clever he is, the more hated and mistrusted he becomes. ~ Cicero

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety. ~ Isaac Asimov

The easiest way to get a reputation is to go outside the fold, shout around for a few years as a violent atheist or a dangerous radical, and then crawl back to the shelter. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

The reputation of a man is like his shadow, gigantic when it precedes him and pigmy in its proportions when it follows. ~ Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful. ~ Edward R. Murrow

Tricks you need to transform something which appears fantastic, unbelievable into something plausible, credible, those I learned from journalism. The key is to tell it straight. It is done by reporters and by country folk. ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Every writer knows he is spurious; every fiction writer would rather be credible than authentic. ~ John le Carre

People crave trustworthy information about the world we live in. Some people want it because it is essential to the way they make a living. Some want it because they regard being well-informed as a condition of good citizenship. Some want it because they want something to exchange over dinner tables and water coolers. ~ Bill Keller

The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it; for, however absurd it may be thought to boast an honor by an act which shows that it was conferred without merit, yet most men seem rather inclined to confess the want of virtue than of importance. ~ Samuel Johnson

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. ~ Abraham Lincoln, speech at Clinton, Illinois, September 8, 1854.

Well, I sort of don’t trust anybody who doesn’t like Led Zeppelin. ~ Jack White

The accumulation of birthdays is the leading cause of death in the United States and other large land masses. Now while that may not be 100% accurate, it is at least 88% accurate. Actually, the last sentence itself might not have been 100% accurate, but I’m 88% sure it was. Maybe I should just brush up on fractions and percentages before making statements that are liable to hurt the funeral industry, because if birthdays aren’t killing people then it’s bad for the mortality business. And if you can’t trust somebody to die, then you can’t trust somebody. But I’m somebody you can trust. I’m at least 88% trustworthy, at least 88% of the time. ~ Jarod Kintz

All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust. ~ J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan